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Best of the Best Lists: Albums of the Year

Starting Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, I'll be posting my picks for BuzzSugar's Top Albums of 2006. But until then, there are plenty of other best of lists to keep you occupied, so I'm posting a few of my favorites for your reading/arguing enjoyment. It has been a rather strange year for music, and the diversity of these lists reflects that.

Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2006

Top 5:

  1. The Knife, Silent Shout
  2. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
  3. Joanna Newsom, Ys (Read my review.)
  4. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
  5. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America (Read my review.)

Most puzzling selection:
Band of Horses Everything All the Time at No. 12. I like that album too, but only because it reminds me of about 10 other indie-rock bands.

Two more, so

Rolling Stone Top 50 Albums of 2006

Top 5:

  1. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium
  3. Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
  4. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
  5. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale

Most puzzling selection: I understand wanting to give a nod to the Chili Peppers, but No. 2? No way.

NPR Listeners Best of 2006

Top 5:

  1. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
  2. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  3. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  4. M. Ward, Post War
  5. TV On the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

Most puzzling selection:
Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope at No. 10. I like a little Regina too, but just a little.

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